Wisdom Wednesdays - Christmas
We know families
want to be together for during the Christmas school vacation. So, we will
not be having Wisdom Wednesdays on December 20 and 27.
We will be back on January 3.
Group - Christmas Break
Our youth will meet on Wednesday, December
20, but not gather on December 27. We will be back on Wednesday,
Begin Christmas with Christ. Bring
your family and out-of-town guests to a worship service that always touches our
hearts in a special and powerful way. On December 24 we will gather at
7:00 p.m. to hear the incredibly moving story of Jesus' birth as it is
told in Holy Scripture.
Food & Fellowship Report
Thanks to everyone who helped with this
fun (and delicious) annual tradition. We raised $1,612.08 this
year. The Church Council voted to direct all the proceeds this year to
the Scholarship Fund.
The January-February 2018 issue of the
Upper Room devotional magazine is now available. Pick up a copy at the
back of the sanctuary or on the information table in the hallway. As
always, we have both regular and large print versions.
like to put flowers on the altar? We have a lot of available Sundays. Check out
the chart on the bulletin board by the church office, or simply call the
church office reserve the Sunday of your
Joined in Holy
wishes to Corey Fry and Sacha Kipping who were wed in our
sanctuary on Saturday, November 4. Sacha is the daughter of David and
Shari Kipping. Rev. Williams had the honor of officiating the
Wedding Bells Ring!
Congratulations to Donald Eugene
Buzard, Jr. and Melody Eileen Hampton who were wed in our church on
Saturday, October 14, 2017. Among members of the wedding party were the
familiar faces of Donald's children Katie and Donald, both former participants
in our church before they moved away. Melody's children were also in the
wedding party. Rev. Williams officiated the ceremony and Katie sang two
beautiful songs. It was a joyful day, indeed!
We are planning a new pictorial directory this
spring. Portrait photo shoots will be Thursday through Saturday, March
22-24, 2018. We are partnering with Life Touch Photography to take
the photos and print the directories. Each family who gets their picture
taken will receive a free church pictorial directory as well as a free 8x10"
portrait. The photographer will take several poses. Life Touch
Photography will, of course, give you an opportunity to purchase additional
pictures from any of the poses. You'll hear more about all this at the
beginning of the new year, but for now please put March 22, 23, 24 on your
calendar. We want EVERYONE's picture in the new directory.
Our new church
pictorial directory will include pictures of our church activities. If you have
taken pictures of church events (or will in the next few months), please
send them to the
pastor or call him at 542-0277. He is now collecting pictures for the new
You are invited to join the Beginning Disciples group in a
potentially life changing study of the book, We Make the Road by
Walking by Brian D. McLaren. The book promises to take
us on "a year-long quest for spiritual formation, reorientation, and
activation." Susie Bliss is the leader of the Beginning Disciples
group. You have two opportunities to participate. You may attend
either on Wednesday evenings (5:30-6:30) or on Sunday mornings during the
Sunday School hour (9:00-9:45) in the church library.
1892 Methodist Book of
We have received a donation of an 1892 edition of
The Doctrines & Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The
Book of Discipline is revised after each General Conference (a world gathering
of Methodists that occurs every four years). It contains the doctrines,
policies, and rules of the Methodist Church. When this particular edition was
published our Methodist denomination was split over several issues. Since then,
virtually all these issues have been resolved and the various splintered
factions have reunited as the Methodist Church. Still later (1968) we would
become the United Methodist Church upon the merger with the Evangelical
United Brethren Church.
cornerstone for our church sanctuary was laid in 1899. Thus, those good
Carrollton Methodists who envisioned and built our sanctuary would have, for a
while, ministered under the guidance of an 1892 edition of The
The copy that was given
to our church last month was found among family records belonging to Mr. and
Mrs. Pete (Molly) Hartwig and their children Lewis Hartwig and Margaret
Hartwig, Carrollton MO. Linda Jackson has presented it to The Carrollton
United Methodist Church, Carrollton, MO, in their memory. Margaret Hartwig is
the last living member of the family.
Prayer Chapel Now Open to the
Just over a year ago church member Kathy Long first
received an inspiration to create a place where anyone would be able to
pray. After facing many challenges, Kathy has been able to fulfill that
inspiration with the completion of the White Feather Prayer Chapel located at
501 North Main Street. To find out more and see pictures
Prayer Group has Started
We have had an e-mail prayer chain for
over five years. However, there is much more to prayer than asking for God's
help. Prayer is an avenue to a deeper relationship with God. It can be a venue
for profound spiritual growth. A prayer group is being started. They will
meet every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. at the church. The group will begin by
looking at the Bible to see what it tells us about prayer. Those who are
starting the group are looking forward to supporting others in prayer and
actions while growing deeper in faith. Anyone interested is welcome to join the
Church Steeple Repair
Long ago our church
steeple had a decorative topper. However, it broke off many years ago (10
years at least). At that time a coffee can was placed on top of the
steeple as a quick fix. A couple of years ago we noticed that the coffee
can had disappeared; probably blown away in a storm. Since then the
Trustees have wondered how to get to the top of the steeple to determine its
condition. The concern was that there might be a hole up there that would
allow rain and snow to get in. Well, thanks to a camera-bearing drone we
now have our answer. As you can see there is definitely a hole that needs
to be addressed. We are currently trying to decide the best way to cap
off the hole and how to get up there to do it!! No small challenge to be
sure. Thanks to Dan Gawedzinsky who was kind enough to bring his drone to
the church and take the photos. If you would like to see more detail,
click here to see pictures
Bring Us Your Used Inkjet and Toner
Help the church save money on office supplies!
We are part of a program whereby we receive credit for office supplies when we
recycle used printer toner and ink cartridges. Those printer cartridges
are bad for the environment, so don't toss them in the trash, bring them to
church and we'll put them to good use. Thanks for helping.
New Sidewalk for the Day
We have seen a need for some time now for a paved sidewalk
leading from the main entrance of our Guardian Angel Day Care to the two
outdoor play areas. As this is being written that sidewalk is finally becoming
a reality. The picture below shows the progress made on the first day. Perhaps
by time you read this, it will have been completed. The children of the Day
Care have been pressing their noses to the window watching with great interest.
As Jannie Saltsgaver commented, "We have free entertainment! The kids have all
kinds of questions about what the workers are doing." The sidewalk will add a
bit of safety to the children. We believe it will also improve the appearance
of the area behind the church. [See a
about our on-going Best Choice Save-A-Label Program! Start saving
them right now if you have not already been doing so. Then bring your UPC
(proof of purchase) labels to church and put them in the can located on a table
in the hallway. The can is marked Best Choice.
Our church's Bereavement Dinner Committee will earn $30 in cash for each bundle
of 1,000 UPC labels.
Print Worship Bulletins
In addition to our regular-sized
bulletins, we are now providing a large print version of our worship bulletin
for those who would benefit from larger text. Large print versions of the
hymns are also included as well as a larger version of the bulletin insert with
all the announcements.
C.M.U. Tops in Dollars for
Central Methodist University (formerly, Central Methodist
College) leads all UMC-related colleges and universities in the country in the
number of Dollars For Scholars student aid recipients. C.M.U. partners
with local United Methodist congregations, the United Methodist Higher
Education Foundation (UMHEF) and the Missouri United Methodist Foundation
(MUMF) to provide these renewable ($3K-$4K) scholarships. This year
C.M.U. and the Missouri Conference had 45 DFS recipients, second only to the
Georgia Conference, which has nearly a dozen UMC-related colleges and
universities compared to Missouri's one and only university-C.M.U.
[Learn about scholarships for United Methodist